Division IV Sectional Tournament
Nc'town 62, Malvern 30
UHRICHSVILLE -- A focused Lady Trojan squad made it a clean season sweep of the Lady Hornets with a 62-30 rout over their Inter-Valley Conference opponent to open play in the Division IV Sectional Tournament at Claymont High on Wednesday.
With a pair of easy IVC wins during regular season play (70-28 and 72-16), Newcomerstown coach Craig Hamilton made sure his girls were ready to go.
"You don't ever want to take anyone for granted, especially at tournament time," Hamilton explained. "You never know, a team could get hot and start knocking down some shots.
"I just tried to keep the girls focused on the game at hand," Hamilton continued. "They did a good job of preparing for tonight, and were mentally ready to go."
Newcomerstown appeared ready from the opening tip-off, racing to an 18-6 lead after the first quarter. A total of six Lady Trojans scored in the first period with senior Chelsea Fenton leading the way with seven points.
"Offensively, we had a lot of people step up tonight and hit some shots," Hamilton said. "I'm fortunate to have a solid seven-player rotation that I can go to with confidence."
A 15-7 second quarter scoring advantage by the Lady Trojans pushed their lead to a comfortable 33-13 advantage at the intermission. Seniors Stephany Felton, Allison Snyder and Erica Roberts each put up four points in the frame to pace the Orange and Black.
Newcomerstown put the contest to bed with a 29-17 scoring edge in the second half to advance down the tournament trail.
"Our defense played really well tonight," Hamilton said. "We played with a lot of effort and desire on both ends of the floor tonight."
Felton finished with a game-high 15 points to lead Newcomerstown (18-3) while Fenton and sophomore Allie Hinton each added 11 points. Senior Erica Roberts contributed double figure support with 10 tallies.
Malvern's limited offense was led by Tori McKinney with 12 points.
Division III Sectional Tournament
RHS 53, Sandy Valley 40
DOVER -- The Generals started tournament play on the right foot with a 53-40 win over the Lady Cardinals on Monday at Dover High School.
Ridgewood snuck out to a 16-15 first quarter lead but used an 11-2 run in the second period to help make it 31-25 by halftime. The Generals cruised in the second half with stifling defense that got the lead to at least nine points for the remainder of the contest.
Kayla Tedrick controlled the offense with a game-high 24 points. She also came through with five assists and six steals. Kelsey Miller poured in 13 points while Jordan Vaiea had a well balanced game of nine points, six rebounds, and five assists.
The Generals now stands at 12-9 and will play Tusky Valley at 6 p.m. on Wednesday with the winner advancing to the Steubenville district.
Sandy Valley was led by Kelli Mohr's 10 points.
Nc'town 63, SV 49
MAGNOLIA -- The Lady Trojans finished the regular season with an exclamation point by scoring a 63-49 IVC win over the Lady Cardinals last Saturday.
It was all Orange and Black for this one as they fought to a 19-11 first quarter lead on the strength of eight points from senior Chelsea Fenton, and then dominated the second period with a 17-5 run to lead 36-16 by halftime. The Lady Trojans were outscored in the second half 33-27 after the heavy damage had already been inflicted in the first.
Fenton and sophomore Allie Hinton each ripped the nets for 14 points. Junior Kori Connor hit double figures with 10 points to go with seven rebounds while junior Taylor Postel knocked down nine points to go with five rebounds. Senior Steph Felton tipped the basket for eight tallies and five caroms.
Brittney Tindall had 18 points for Sandy Valley.
Newcomerstown ends the regular campaign with a 17-3 regular season (13-3 IVC) as they look to add more victories in tournament play to their single-season record.
Garaway 32, RHS 25
WEST LAFAYETTE -- The Lady Generals came up short in a low-scoring IVC contest last Saturday as they fell to the Lady Pirates 32-25.
Garaway put together a 13-3 first quarter lead and Ridgewood only managed to score six points the next two periods as it trailed 23-9 as the final eight minutes began. The Lady Generals came to life though in the fourth frame as Kayla Tedrick scored the next five points to close the gap to 23-14 and eventually cut the lead to 30-25 with two minutes to go but could get no closer. Ridgewood would eventually outscore their visitors 16-9 in the frame - well below what was needed to overcome the earlier deficit.
Kayla Tedrick had 17 points to go with five rebounds and three steals to lead Ridgewood (11-9, 9-7 IVC).
Garaway was led by Andre Kettlewell's 13 points.
The Lady Pirates won the reserve game 40-7.